Just released! Self-Publishing Program 2017

Do you want to self-publish your book, but you're not sure where to start? This extended program isn't just about covering the specifics of how to take your edited manuscript through the process of self-publishing - when you complete the program you will be able to have your book for sale in print and digital formats. Taking a hands-on approach, this ...

Event Recap: First Friday Club with Evi O

This March brings us the return of First Friday Club, with this month’s guest Evi O. Evi is an award-winning book designer and artist who launched her career with Lantern, an imprint of Penguin Books. Her lush, boldly inspired designs can be found on books like Nam Le’s short story collection The Boat, chef George Calombaris’ recipe book Greek, and ...

Book Review: Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow

Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow is a book about wanting to become small. It’s about creating a different pain so the real pain can be forgotten for a while and surviving the cards dealt to us by life. 17-year-old Charlie Davis is a cutter. She hurts herself on purpose because it’s the only way she’s been able to cope with ...

Mark O’Flynn on making meaning and breaking rules

Born in Melbourne, Mark O'Flynn now lives in the Blue Mountains. He began writing for the stage before turning to fiction and poetry.  He has published five collections of poetry, most recently The Soup's Song. His novels include The Last Days of Ava Langdon, Grassdogs and The Forgotten World. In 2013 he also published the comic memoir, False Start, and a collection of short stories, White Light. What challenges do ...

Writers’ Group Open Night: event recap

‘If you’ve ever thought about joining a group, stop thinking and do it.’ Such is the resounding mantra from the groups represented at the Centre’s 2017 Writers’ Group Open Night, a lively event that celebrated some of the 30 writers’ groups who meet at the Centre. The evening showcased thirteen groups of varying sizes that write everything from poetry to picture books. ...

Spotlight On: Meg Keneally

Our Spotlight On author for the month of March is Meg Keneally. Meg has led an exciting and varied career, from public affairs at the Australian Consulate General in New York, through to journalism, producing for talk-back radio, and even working a professional SCUBA-diving instructor. For the most part, Meg has worked in corporate affairs for listed financial service companies, ...

Terry Dowling on mastering the trade of world-building

Terry Dowling is one of Australia's most awarded, versatile and internationally acclaimed writers of science fiction, fantasy and dark fantasy. He is the author of 13 books, among them Clowns at Midnight, the award-winning Tom Rynosseros saga, and such critically praised collections as Amberjack: Tales of Fear & Wonder, Basic Black: Tales of Appropriate Fear and Blackwater Days, as well ...

What We’re Reading: March

Jane McCredie, Executive Director Helen Garner’s latest book, Everywhere I Look, is a collection of her essays, diary entries and other short writing. From the agony of moving house to the indignities of ageing, Garner turns her observant eye to the details of ordinary lives, including her own. In these wide ranging pieces, she offers us endearing grandchildren, sinister magpies, crimes ...

Emma Noble shares her top three publicity tips

Emma Noble is the director of Noble Words Communications and Book Publicity. She has nearly 20 years of experience in promoting writers of fiction and non-fiction in the UK and in Australia. The DIY Book PR Guide: The Happier Guide to Do-It-Yourself Book Publicity in Seven Easy Steps is her first book.  Planning and executing a full-scale book publicity campaign is a daunting prospect for ...

Book Review: Carnivalesque by Neil Jordan

Andy’s story begins quite innocuously with a detour to a carnival that catches his eye while on the way to a shopping centre with his parents. Andy’s world is turned upside down upon entering the Hall or Mirrors, at which point he has been left behind at the carnival, and someone who looks like him, but is not quite him, ...

Writing On Our Calendar – March 2017

There are some key events taking place this March that you won't want to miss out on, including our very own Creative Non-Fiction Festival coming up in a three weeks. We also still have some wonderful course spots available for all of you interested in self-publishing, YA fiction, and improving your grammar - so be sure to secure your place before ...

Gillian Polack talks about the fun of grammar and fancy punctuation

Gillian Polack has six novels published, as well as several works of non-fiction and many short pieces. She won the Ditmar for Special Achievement in 2010 and has two doctorates, and she has been teaching writing and language skills for over two decades.   For a writer, what's the benefit of mastering grammar and punctuation? Isn't that what editors are for? If a ...

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